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A Middle School Teacher Leads the Way: Tim Bailey and Common Core

“Who should be mentoring other teachers? The Tims of the world should.” —Arne Duncan, Secretary of EducationWe have been following the career of Tim Bailey ever since he won the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year award in 2009. Currently on a sabbatical from teaching in the Salt Lake City School District, Tim is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.Read More »
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Let Freedom Ring! Democracy in the poetry of Hughes and Whitman

EDSITEment’s Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy considers if there is such a thing as ‘a democratic poem.” It’s a good question. Can the spirit and fervor and idealism of our democratic principles, hard won over and over again through conflict, war, sacrifice, and death be captured within the confines of poem?Read More »
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Winston Churchill and the Classroom

Churchill, FDR, and Stalin at the Yalta Conference
Eileen Bach taught English at Ithaca High School from 1979–2008. She retired and moved to Shanghai, where she currently teaches English at Concordia International School. Eileen developed AP English Literature and Composition resources relating to Winston Churchill under the auspices of an NEH Summer Institute and The Churchill Centre.Read More »
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50 Core Documents That Tell America's Story

At Ashbrook University , they teach students and teachers about America by using original historical documents. This is their core list of documents that we believe all students and teachers ought to study in order to understand what it means to be an American.Read More »
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Malcolm X and Common Core: Radical Vision for Civil Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 and his acceptance of the Peace Prize the following year secured his place as the voice of non-violent, mass protest in the 1960s.Read More »
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